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Punjab youth murdered in US

world Updated: Aug 23, 2013 00:26 IST

An NRI youth from Majri Kishnewally village near Amloh in Fatehgarh Sahib was shot dead in the USA, family members said on Thursday.

A pall of gloom has descended on the village following news of the murder of Manpreet Singh Ghuman (27) in the US at a gas station in South Lake Tahoe.

According to family members, Manpreet, who was working as a clerk at the gas station, was fatally shot on August 6. But his mother here is yet to learn of her son's death.

The relatives of the deceased said they had kept the news of Manpreet's death from the mother as she was sure to go into shock upon hearing it.

The body of the deceased will reach India on Friday with the cremation likely on Saturday at his native village. A close relative of the deceased is bringing back the body after completing all legal formalities.

Manpreet, the son of an agriculturist, Surinder Singh, had migrated to the US two years back.

He died after receiving a single bullet wound to his upper torso.

A customer who had walked into the gas station where he was working had found Manpreet lying in a pool of blood on the fateful day.

Police had been immediately alerted but the victim was declared dead at the scene, relatives said, adding that a probe was on in the case.